Grateful Dead

The Rubber Bowl - July 2, 1986

The Rubber Bowl

July 02, 1986

Akron, OH US

Average: 3.9 (29 votes)


only "Don't Think Twice" - Dylan, Petty & The Heartbreakers opened

Set List:

Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
They Love Each Other
Little Red Rooster
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Baby Blue
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Don't Ease Me In

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' in the Band
Desolation Row
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia

Box of Rain

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Attendees of this show

lzylightning, dubai-escorts-bunnies, toolman78, Brad125, Amy from New York, JennD, rockit, Dead Head 44, bmoney, Dead82, rkowna,, heliosity, LorenSR, Cath0516, WhoWhatWendy, zoyd1962, Michaeltallon, ciscokid42, Tennessee Wed, Wyngman1984, mulexing, pukegrub, Ranjekna, Shredmon, mycalsee, crunchyfrog, jgiles, UncleJohn61, mikedmeyer, mysterycat, anewbold, Waldo66, dewahba, brain man, payingdues, JohnDC, Gen, rymo, Chazmando, Oxford 88, Norwood, Theeteetop, ADEADHEADINCHILE, tea2trey, hockey_john, sciyerface, Quazi, skydog0223, the axis, CRK, Charlie Mosbrook, cmd, watsugar, TheTieDyeDude, Jason Wilder, One Man, jamesrbenson, MNGLWD, Phinnegan, gkreist, billdmackay, minutemouse, drew13ee, craig rose, Geodye420, bmason, nanabool, ocean, chasjr, moogirl, Dpwilljr, jackstrawtom, packymalley, Dolabella, Gypsy in the Palace, 123IBT, oldbullthrower, lotsofgreensmiles, hippierob, jackstraw72, turtlemusicfan, diamond dudeegs, Row Jimmy Tisdall, dpw1982, dogs in a pile, DavAlan, gpeach, darkstarcrashes, spacewalker, mojoman, rodiebluez1, downtownbear, midiman007, Craig B, detroit is dead, jsginbull, Flickster, duppree, trukn2buffalo, chefm, jlawless, joetye, greg.dowling, chdaws, sugarmag68, BLC420, alovours13, Pedro2009, Cosmic_Dad, weatherbill7, ganjagirl, nothing_comes_for_free, tigman, mercurygd, onebear, wookie007, lonesomejohnnie, Kid ROck, BornInADesert, flach77, LuigiDied, lemond, revhd, furthurtour, lagnaf, MagicPEZ, jlbnyc, ladnarc, jsomoza, spaceyoface, wwwills, TERRAPINEYES, tjazzbo, swimdad, Cassidy18, richdead, drc32-0, voodoonola, Billyho67, rogerkdet, bongo-fury, dimbulb1024, MissReddin, rob west, The_Music_Danced_Me, Birdsong1969NJ, aikox2, bobbyb, jebs07, PalfHead, 1wharf-rat, DrewFreeman, rami, beandog22, Sleepingdragon777, Karl Mattson, air_garcia_416, ohio4peace, flipper, hippiedino, aliceDmillionair, WaywardBill, gnoodle, Grateful Jeff, Doseme, cosmicloyed, Dan_and_Laurie, scrltbg, scarletfire16, NM-MCS, althea86, hurricanebob, sseif, darkstar stu, JMY714, Dashoesoff, whitebird, ticket lee, gusfromcbus, BabylonDon, LUCY1985, Bluebird3434, Sleepy Monkey, osborne fitzgerald mcclintic, hotshakedown, ginsu710, uncle lefty, slimpickens, bubbadub, bigstush, Elston64, trippergore, Tydyed, hamal, Bennyj, goldgreek, capntrips, DogCow, Yippierb, klaussmith, jozeppy, scottymak, Majuroguy, MoonshineCito, jeffreygoodman, George C. Hartman, Valerie Stevenson, jimiz61, deadheaddave1982, GaryHartman, BlondeJim, joeman, tapertim, OSH, Josef, Ernest Angley, BobG913, mary-sunshine, leper van atom, mtnref4, catchmohl, smokey mountains, badtpyist, gdtrfb2007, Father Of Stella Rose, tspitzer, JackStrawfromOttawa, Essie, Kima, coachdeadhead, OBY-BEN-WAH-KENOBY, kirk, PearlyB, Oroborous, SoulChange, drkstrcrashes, Skully, uncleduke, DEADGERB, shugamag, Friend of the Devil, Cosmiccharlie, batcavejoe, harry_hood, Puffem420, tommytomato, duboman, toshiro549, Raoul Duke, Gratefullawyer, SkookS, gilco, kelster, mapfreak, walstib3, gremmie1, augwest386, pdb, Bobby33914, c1042, micp1274, Lorenr, safarian34, mksmith, kcdmojo, DonBasai, jay_harrs, paulb, DocLnghair, 333mike, rainbow-trout, uncle mickey, sgolston, Far-L, Trew, uncle crappy, Billy Delion, chicago, Zippatron, Duggles, Teedawg, hackster, Gravy, augustwest, Half-step, Steve-O, other1


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drew13ee's picture
Joined: Jan 29 2011
I was a changed person

I had just turned 16, and wasn't a Dead fan. Although I always had been a huge music fan, I was a bigger fan of getting high, the reason for going in all honesty.
To this day I'am not sure if it was the vitamins, the vibe, or what exactly. But I never missed a local show after.
I was hooked, and I miss the scene immensely. There is nothing like the feeling of grooving with 30,000 like minded family to the same tune. And there is no way to explain it to one who hasn't had the pleasure.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported the following day: that there was an estimated 100,000 people 'there', and the stadium only holds 30,000.
So as far as I am concerned, I give it 5 1/2 stars for being more than just a show to me. It was a life changing experience!

Joined: Jul 4 2011
Round hotel-

The waiting was the hardest part!I've always been a Petty & Dylan fan,but this was a strange day,strange gig & strange venue.
Both Bobby & Jerry seemed like the didn't want to share their mikes w/ Dylan when they sang together.
Desolation Row & Box Of Rain cooked!
The best part was the funky round hotel we all stayed @!
Round edges to all the rooms,round hallways,& alot of fun after the show in a town created by the tire business.

One Man's picture
Joined: May 17 2011

I drove up from FL alone and stayed in the cheesiest motel ever made, right in Akron. It was ugly. The guest spot with Dylan (LRR thru Baby Blue) is godawful. Don't listen to it! Can't believe Dylan still wanted to play with these guys after that. His own set with Petty was fantastic. Met GD luminary Gordon Sharpless in the crowd. I think we traded tapes and/or he sold me a book of set lists, pre-Dead Base.

Joined: Sep 21 2011
Rubber Bowl

My first show as well.

Truth be told, I was more into Dylan and Petty, but the Dead stole the show, even when not at their best. But heck, I didn't know that at the time!

I got the bug, and still have it today.

Theeteetop's picture
Joined: Apr 26 2013
Doesn't anyone remember Jerry walking off stage?

The two defining moments of the show are Dylan dropping by to do a rough and ready couple of tunes in the first set and Jerry, who would lapse into a diabetic coma a week later, walking off during Desolation Row. The Dylan part, though not musically brilliant, was fun, Jerry's health problems were not.

hockey_john's picture
Joined: Aug 25 2012
My thoughts

Listening to this show this morning recording is not that bad in fact it is FOB and can hear everyone clearly.
This day was one of paranoia...many of us on tour thought this was the night they were rounding up as many of us as they could. Not sure why we got so worried maybe was the one way in one way out gates. Thinking back now I guess it was all the normal concert goer's Dylan and Petty fans. I will say that I did not enjoy this one because of the worry. I for one just couldn't wait to get back to San Fran. Of course I finished the tour and I wont comment of things I know nothing of. " Jerry's health". He gave us everything he had night in and night out for yearssssssssss
Wish I new now what I do now if so would of wanted to see where AA had started.

hockey_john's picture
Joined: Aug 25 2012
Dylan Petty

1 Shake A Hand (Joe Morris), 2 Positively 4th Street, 3 Clean-Cut Kid, 4 I'll Remember You, 5 Trust Yourself, 6 That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie/Beasley Smith), 7 Masters Of War, 8 To Ramona, 9 One Too Many Mornings, 10 It Ain't Me, Babe, 11 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A Null), 12 Band Of The Hand, 13 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, 14 Lonesome Town (Baker Knight), 15 Ballad Of A Thin Man,

1 Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35, 2 Seeing The Real You At Last, 3 Across The Borderline (Cooder/Hiatt/Dickinson), 4 I And I, 5 Like A Rolling Stone, 6 In The Garden, 7 Blowin' In The Wind, 8 Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (W B Thompson/L May), 9 Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Joined: Apr 28 2012
Strange Daze indeed

Right up front for the whole show. I like Petty and Dylan, but their sets were really shrill with mashed guitars. The Dead sets were pretty good, but Jerry did look rough. We headed back to our car to find our favorite burrito guy's rig engulfed in flames. Very sad as his bus with the square back welded on top just burned up. Then it just poured rain and everyone left. We woke up early to find a muddy extravaganza of coolers full of beer, clothes in good shape, a couple of wallets all just abandoned... Then it was off to Buffalo.

Joined: Jul 15 2013

Hey Theeteetop - I looked at my old handwritten setlist from this show and had written "no Jerry" next to Desolation Row, so you're correct that Jerry left for that song (also noted Dylan joining them for Little Red Rooster, Don't Think Twice and Baby Blue). So I can confirm your comment below.

Joined: Jan 9 2015
My first show

This was my first show! I had the time of my life.


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The Rubber Bowl - July 2, 1986